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NYC fire kills mother and 3 children, ages 11, 7 and 3

NYC fire kills mother and 3 children, ages 11, 7 and 3

A mother and three of her young children were killed early on Monday morning when a fire broke out in their apartment.

Eight people were asleep in the dwelling at East 14th Street, between Avenues S and T, in Sheepshead Bay, when the fire started around 2:30 a.m. according to FDNY officials.

The victims, all members of the same family, include a 40-year-old woman, an 11-year-old boy, a 7-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, the FDNY said. Three were taken to Staten Island University Hospital in critical condition, and two others were hospitalized with minor injuries, the NYPD said. Seven firefighters were also injured during the incident, the Post adds. The flames spread quickly, traveling up the stairs to the second floor and continuing up to the attic where two bedrooms were located, according to the New York Times.

This is a developing story. The FDNY is trying to figure out what sparked the fire.

'This is a awful tragedy, not just for this community, but for our city. 'Our city grieves with this family today'.

Avi Navon, a friend of the family whose house was gutted by fire, right, stops by to see the scene, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of NY.

"There were huge flares shooting out the front of the house", he said. He said Azan's father was a rabbi.

Firefighters inspect the scene of a fatal fire, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in the Brooklyn borough of NY. "Four people died here, a mom and three children".

The father, his three other kids, and the cousin got out safe. As a parent, it's impossible for me to imagine what this family is going through right now.

Mayor Bill de Blasio urged people to be cautious with decorations, electric lights, candles and space heaters during the winter months and the holidays.

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